Erika Kole is an American actress best known for her roles in television shows such as ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1976. Kole grew up in a creative family, and was exposed to a variety of art forms, from music to film.
At the age of 12, Kole began studying theatre and dance. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in theatre and minored in dance. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and began her professional acting career. Her first big break came in 1997 when she landed a recurring role as ‘Tara’ in the long-running soap opera ‘General Hospital’.
In 2000, Kole starred in the teen drama ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. She played the role of ‘Molly’, a teenage girl struggling with drug addiction. Her portrayal earned her critical acclaim and she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
Kole went on to appear in a variety of television shows and movies, including ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘Without a Trace’. She also appeared in the feature film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, starring alongside Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal.
In recent years, Kole has moved away from acting and has focused on writing and producing. She co-wrote and produced the short film ‘The House of Sand’, which was an official selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Kole is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. Her debut album ‘Songs for the Road’ was released in 2017. She has since released two additional albums, ‘Blue Sky’ and ‘Forever’.
Kole is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries. She is also a vocal advocate for animal rights and is a supporter of various charities, including the American Red Cross and the Humane Society.
Kole currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She continues to work on both her acting and music careers. She is also an avid runner and yogi.